Citrine is one of the US birthstones for November. It’s a quartz variety, and the top selling transparent gem in the yellow to orange color range. Its name was derived from the Latin word citrus, meaning “citron”. This gem combines a warm, attractive color with good wearability and a modern price- an unbeatable combination for many jewelry buyers.
Most citrine is faceted in traditional rounds and fancy shapes, but you’ll also find it fashioned into more unusual cuts and carving. Leading jewelry designers use citrine alone, in combination with Diamonds, and in multi-colored creations alongside contrasting colors.
Topaz, November’s primary birthstone, has one of the most confusing histories of any popular gem. Both Topaz and Citrine were found on an island in the Mediterranean called Topazios in ancient times. Since the two gems were alike in color they were often mixed up.
Even with this confusion, Topaz accumulated an impressive body of alleged healing properties. Topaz is reputed to increase understanding, strengthen breathing, prevent colds, enhance creativity, bring relaxation, control angry passions, restore energy, and aid in tissue regeneration.
Topaz was often used to promote wisdom in the wearer, which may explain the medieval custom of giving topaz rings to heads of state, diplomats and royalty.
With its beauty and affordable prices, Topaz is a gem that any wise jewelry buyer can enjoy.